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Interstate 81 Exit 14 ramp improvements and bridge reconstruction

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Advertise for Construction Bids: August 2015

Est Completion Date
Summer 2018

Approximately $36 million for design, right of way and construction



Chase Buchanan, P.E., Project Manager

What's being done?

Work will begin in early 2016 to reconstruct the busy Interstate 81 Exit 14 interchange in the Abingdon area of southwest Virginia.  

The proposed improvements will reconstruct I-81 northbound and southbound before and after the interchange and replace the I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over Jonesboro Road. The interchange ramps will also be reconstructed. 

Jonesboro Road will be reconstructed to provide two through lanes in each direction with a raised median and dual left turn lanes for the I-81 northbound entrance ramp. Two traffic signals will be installed where I-81 ramps intersect Jonesboro Road.

Dennison Drive will also be reconstructed to raise the roadway. A retaining wall will be constructed between I-81 and a portion of Dennison Drive. 

The intersection with Jonesboro Road will be relocated opposite the reconstructed northbound ramp.

Construction is currently scheduled to begin January 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete.

It is anticipated that northbound I-81 traffic exiting onto Jonesboro Road will be detoured during some of the construction. Traffic will be detoured to I-81 Exit 13 where Route 11 will be used to access Jonesboro Road.

What's New

A design public hearing was held January 2013 to show the proposed design of the Interstate 81 Exit 14 interchange reconstruction.  

Design public hearing brochure (January 31, 2013)

Design public hearing quick facts (January 31, 2013)

Design public hearing display (January 31, 2013)

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